Through a series of online film screenings, the Green Screen project invites you to engage with contemporary debates on key green issues. Created by the European Greens, it will explore topics such as memory politics, the future of our food and the environment, policies for green cities, and more. Sign up to stream films (each available for 7 days) and join us at our debates and artistic performances!

Upcoming Session

September 2022

Bees, farmers, and young generations surviving amongst pesticides

Insects provide pest control and pollinate crops, enabling farmers to produce food. They also feed wildlife allowing it to flourish. But our environment is over-polluted with pesticides and many other harmful chemicals. Because of intensive farming and its reliance on chemical pesticides, European waters and agricultural soils are heavily polluted, pollinators are declining, human health is endangered, and food security is at risk.

To protect human health and the environment, the European Commission is reforming the legislation on the use of pesticides. The legislation will include a 50% reduction in the use of chemical pesticides by 2030 and more sustainable farming practices. But the pesticides industry and agri-industry lobby are trying to boycott these objectives. The same vested interests are intoxicating the Global South by exporting pesticides that are not allowed for use in the EU. Will the European Union achieve meaningful reform of the legislation on the use of pesticides and work towards ensuring a similar level of protection for farmers, people, and nature in the Global South?

Film: 28 September at 00:00 CEST – 4 October at 23:59 CEST

Earth: muted

At the bottom of the Hanyuan valley in Sichuan province, China, bees are going extinct due to the widespread use of pesticides and monocultures. In this ecosystem on the brink of collapse, three farming families try to earn a living worrying about their children’s futures. Cao, Jingjing, and Ye are shown in relation to nature – in an orchard where pollinators have gone extinct, among the hives of endangered domesticated bees, and in a mountainside forest where wild bees still fly. Their stories reveal a relatable battle: the difficulty of economic survival and the problems to human and nature’s health in an environment polluted with chemical pesticides.

Directors: Åsa Ekman, Oscar Hedin and Mikael Kristersson
Country: Sweden
Duration: 70
Access: Due to distribution rights, this screening is only accessible in European countries

Debate: 28 September at 19:00 CEST

Pesticides use is endangering bees, farmers, and workers!

Chemical pesticides have a devastating impact on pollinators, which our agricultural production depends on. They over-pollute our environment, including agricultural soils, and are all around us: in the air, in water, in the ground and foodstuffs. Social justice and safety in the workplace must be guiding principles of EU, national and international policies. But the farmers, farm workers and their families continue to be victims of pesticides. If political inaction continues, more will fall ill and develop cancer or Parkinson’s disease, among others. The health of us and our children is at risk.

During this debate, featuring environmental, food, and pesticides experts as well as politicians, farmers and activists, we will explore what should be done about the upcoming European law on the sustainable use of pesticides (SUR) to reduce the use of pesticides and adopt more sustainable farming practices in the EU and how the EU can support other countries by, for example, banning the export of pesticides that are not authorised in the EU.

  • Thomas Waits, Co-chair of the European Greens, Member of the European Parliament
  • Johanna Sandahl, President of the European Environmental Bureau

Previously on The Green Screen

My Favorite War (2020)
Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen

Sergei Loznitsa

Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anasatasia Mikova

The Forum
Marcus Vetter

The 8th
Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle

When Tomatoes Met Wagner
Marianna Economou

Children of Chance
Pascal Colson and Thierry Michel

Burning Out
Jérôme Le Maire

Artistic Spot

Artistic expressions often seek to enact change. Berthold Brecht once said that “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” The Green Screen features European artists whose work engages with the theme of defining a better future for all. They will be showcasing a variety of art forms, including poetry, music, painting, theater, among others.

Victoria Lomasko
Russian Contemporary Artist

Pretty LOUD
Musicians & Dancers

Adriana Bertran

Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz
Contemporary art space

Act for Tomorrow
Visual Artists

Karol Radziszewski
Visual Artist

Ilan Benattar

Pablo Ponce
Visual Artist

Iris Serrano

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